Monday, May 25, 2009

DOE MOUNTAIN

View from top of Doe Mountain
Bear Mountain as seen from Doe Mountain
Fancy carin marks a trail on top of Doe Mountain
DOE MOUNTAIN Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness One of the easiest ways to get high enough to enjoy great view vantage points in Sedona is to hike up the Doe Mountain trail. The short, well-worn trail switchbacks among low-growing juniper and cypress trees as it ascends to the top of the isolated red sandstone mesa. Here, many of the area’s most recognizable geological features, including Chimney Rock and Wilson Mountain, are visible in the distance. Once on the summit of the mesa, it’s possible to extend the hike by following one or more of the informal pathways that meander through the high desert scrub to scenic overlooks. LENGTH: 2 miles round trip RATING: moderate ELEVATION: 4,600'-5,000'  GETTING THERE: From Phoenix, go north on I-17 to the Sedona/Oak Creek exit 298. Turn east onto SR 179 and continue into the town of Sedona. At the junction of SR179 and US89A (the “Y” traffic circle intersection) turn left onto  89A and continue  3.2 miles to Dry Creek Road. Turn right onto Dry Creek Road (FR 152C) and continue to the intersection with Long Canyon Road. From there, turn left to stay on FR 152C . At the intersection with Boynton Canyon Road, turn left onto Boynton Pass Road. Drive for about 1.2 miles to the trailhead on the right. FEE: Red Rock Pass required: http://www.redrockcountry.org/passes-and-permits/index.shtml
  INFO:  Red Rock Ranger District, Coconino National Forest, 928-282-4119
http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino/recreation/red_rock/doe-mtn-tr.shtml